High Peaks firefighter dies on rescue

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Barbara Lawlor, Peak to Peak.     Dick Marchman, 66, was on a rescue mission on the Blue Lake Trail when he collapsed and died on Wednesday, July 9. Although he was with fellow EMTs who had been on the rescue, efforts to revive him were not successful.

Marchman was a member of the Indian Peaks Fire Protection District and the Allenspark Fire Department. The call for assistance on rescuing a woman who had broken her ankle came in around noon. Indian Peaks, Nederland, Rocky Mountain Rescue, AMR Ambulance, Flight for Life, and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Blue Lake Trailhead. The hiker, Katherine Powell, was about 2.5 miles up the trailhead.

The rescuers asked for a helicopter to transport the patient because of the rugged terrain. She was treated at the scene and then moved to an accessible landing zone where she was loaded and flown to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Once the chopper was on its way, the firefighters started back down the trail. When they were about a mile from the Blue Lake Trailhead, Marchman collapsed. CPR was initiated but the firefighter was unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Rebecca Lawrence, a longtime friend of Marchman, said that he was an asset to the mountain community fire departments. “He was always first on the scene and you knew you could rely on him. He was knowledgeable and professional.” He had been with the Indian Peaks Department for 25 years

Marchman was an EMT and the Indian Peaks Chief Medical Officer.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 17 at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Pl., Boulder. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dick’s honor to any volunteer fire department.

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Richard “Dick” L. Marchman, 66, of Lyons Colorado passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after rescuing a stranded hiker in the Brainard Lake Recreational Area. Dick was born in Dunedin, FL to Frederick and Marguerite Marchman. After graduating valedictorian from Gulf High School in 1965, Dick attended the home of the Gators, University of Florida. Shortly after he entered the United States Air Force and served from 1967-1973. The majority of his service was spent at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver as a Technical Instructor. Dick started Astral Communications in 1977 with Bob McLaughlin and Bob Locher. Dick’s main contribution was developing the technical work for two way radios and emergency phone systems in the Rocky Mountain canyons. His work showed his passion for providing valuable rescue resources for local authorities. Dick spent 50 years as a Ham Operator for KF0LA and 25 years as an EMT with Allenspark and Indian Peaks FPD. He was liked by everyone in the emergency service field, as an outstanding volunteer firefighter and a friend. Dick is survived by his wife, Susan Harford Marchman; brother Fred (Gail Love) Marchman; daughter Nikki (Jeremy) Dean and her mother Heide Abbey; two grandsons, Connor Matthew and Logan Joshua Dean; and nephews Brian and Brent Marchman. Funeral service will be held 10 am Thursday July 17, 2014 at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Pl. Boulder. Interment to follow 12:15 pm at Ft. Logan National Cemetery Staging Area C, Denver, CO, In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dick’s honor to any local volunteer Fire Department.


Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.

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